Hollywood actor George, 59, and human rights barrister Amal, 42, were among the 600 guests who witnessed Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, exchange vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018.
In a sign of their apparent closeness to the couple, the Clooneys were given a ‘prime pew’ next to Lady Carolyn Warren, who is married to John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock adviser, and opposite Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley.
However the Clooneys reportedly told other guests they didn’t know the happy couple well at all, according to Rachel Johnson.
Hollywood actor George, 59, and human rights barrister Amal, 42, were among the 600 guests invited to witness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018. The couple were given a ‘prime pew’ opposite the family
The Clooneys reportedly told other guests they didn’t know the happy couple well at all, according to Rachel Johnson. Pictured, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their wedding
‘There’s a story doing the rounds that while Carolyn Bartholomew, Diana’s former flatmate, was waiting for the wedding service to start, she turned to the couple alongside her and asked how they knew Harry or Meghan,’ Johnson writes in online publication AirMail. ‘”We don’t,” the Clooneys answered brightly.’
Carolyn, who attended the wedding with husband William, is Harry’s godmother and was one of three young women who shared Diana’s Earl’s Court flat and was privy to the secret when she first met Charles.
She was given one of the best seats in the house, opposite Prince William and Prince Charles.
Johnson added there were plenty of other celebrity invitees, including Oprah Winfrey, James Corden, and David and Victoria Beckham who ‘could not possibly be old and dear friends of the bridal couple’.
Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian were seated near the Clooneys while the Beckhams, James Corden and his wife were further away.
The Clooneys reportedly made the comment to Prince Harry’s godmother Carolyn Bartholomew, who attended the wedding with husband William (pictured in 2004)
George and Amal caused a stir when they arrived at the royal wedding and were among the exclusive 200-strong guest list invited to party the night away at Frogmore House. George is said to have danced with both Meghan and Kate Middleton, 39.
There are conflicting reports about how well the Clooneys knew the couple.
Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography, claims the Clooneys hosted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on at least two occasions at their British home in Sonning, in Oxfordshire.
The book adds that Harry and Meghan brought their dogs with them, and that George and Amal loved to take friends out by the lake.
Carolyn was one of three young women who shared Diana’s Earl’s Court flat and was privy to the secret when she first met Charles. Pictured, Diana and Carolyn at a friend’s 1991 wedding
‘There, they had a secluded decked area and inside was a lounge decorated with traditional club wood paneling, heavy drapes, dark velvets, plush chairs, and a bar.’
The biography also claims the Clooneys invited the royals to join them at Lake Como just weeks after the royal wedding, flying out on George’s private jet.
During the three-day visit, a source said, ‘Meghan and Amal spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool and playing with the twins while George and Harry checked out George’s motorbike collection. Harry took one of them out with one of his protection officers. George recently had an accident, so he wasn’t back on his bike yet.”
‘The duke and duchess weren’t the only guests that weekend. Eugenie and her fiance, Jack Brooksbank, were already at the villa when Harry and Meghan arrived, their visits overlapping briefly.’
Amal also hired a private jet to fly Meghan home from her New York baby shower in February 2019.